So, a lot of celebrities and politicians have been actively contributing financially to overcome the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria.
Currently, the total number of cases has risen to 97 with a total of 3 recoveries and one death.
This pandemic, however, has encouraged top Nigerian businessmen, celeberities and other higher authorities to contribute their quota in the fight against virus. The last couple of days has recorded huge donations from these generous personalities.
In light of this, we compiled a list of names/companies who have actively participated in financially supporting the nation in the fight against COVID-19. They are;
1. NNPC and its Partners
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its partners in the oil and gas sector made a donation of N11 billion.
This was disclosed by NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, via his official twitter handle.
“The three thematic support initiatives amount to a total of $30m (N11bn) and will be delivered in phases, starting today.
“To address the increasing demand of medical services, we are immediately providing medical consumables covering testing kits, medical protective suits and ambulances to the highly impacted areas across the federation.”
UPSTREAM OIL & GAS INDUSTRY INTERVENTION INITIATIVE ON #COVID-19: THE OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT 👇👇👇@Shell_Nigeria@ExxonMobil_NG @TOTALNigeria@Chevron @eni @aiteogrp @erotonep @Oando_PLC pic.twitter.com/IMf0LjtW42
— NNPC Group (@NNPCgroup) March 27, 2020
2. Femi Otedola
Billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola made a donation of N1 billion. He announced this on his social media accounts: Twitter and Instagram.
“I will be contributing 1 Billion Naira towards the eradication of COVID-19 across Nigeria. We must all do what we can to flatten the curve,” he posted.
🙏🏾 …F.Ote💲 pic.twitter.com/kC3tsxmBl9
— Femi Ote$ (@realFemiOtedola) March 27, 2020
3. Atiku Abubakar
Ex-Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, made a donation of N50m in support of the government’s effort at combating the outbreak of Coronavirus.
This comes days after he announced on social media that one of his sons tested positive of the deadly coronavirus.
“To this end, Priam Group pledges N50 million on my behalf as my humble contribution to a relief Fund that will form part of the stimulus package.” https://t.co/uTjCt6DRID
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) March 25, 2020
2Baba Idibia made a donation of N10 million. This is in conjunction with International Breweries plc to fight the battle against the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
“Together with Trophy Extra Special Stout, I will be making a N10m donation to support initiatives combating CoVID 19,” said 2baba.
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“The idea of the e-concert is for me to lend my voice and call on Nigerians to come together to combat this global pandemic by heeding the stay-at-home request from the government so that the spread of the virus can be reduced to its barest minimum.
Also, it will provide a moment of hope, optimism, and comfort to everybody in this trying time.”
He also seized the opportunity to announce that his e-concert will be holding April 12. The e-concert will be live-streamed on his social media handles.
5. Aliko Dangote – N1Billion
6. Abdulsamad Rabiu – N1Billion
7. Tony O Elumelu – N1Billion
8. Herbert O. Wigwe – N1Billion
9. Segun Agbaje – N1Billion
10. Jim Ovia – N1Billion
11. Access Bank – N1Billion
12. GT Bank – N1Billion
13. Zenith Banks – N1Billion
However, some celebrities and popular Instagram creators joined the flux of financial contributors by giving out to people mostly throughout giveaways.
One very remarkable donation that literally got everyone participating was that of Runtown’s.
He donated a sum of ten million Naira through giveaways to support Nigerians, as the spread of the virus halts economic and social activities.
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